Monthly Archives: January 2009

Tidbits :: Sunday January 4, 2009

Air Born: “A complicated mathematics of trajectory, speed, and height is unleashed
by terrestrial scholars below in order to find the exact location of
the plane at the moment of childbirth.
Like something out of Borges, imperial trigonometricians are called in for consultation.”

Ear Worms

An ear worm is a pernicious song / melody / chorus that wiggles into your brain via your ears and stays all the while niggling at your brain and causing you to wake up singing it or worse… The worse is having the ear worm song stuck for days on end.
The best way to get rid of an ear worm is not to ignore or attempt to replace it with a better or more acceptable song, but instead to infect others around you. By some odd law of the universe that science has not yet documented, if you pass on your ear worm to at least 3 or 5 other humans, then it mercifully leaves your brain.
Back in college if the most pernicious of all ear worms infected us, we would start singing it in the cafeteria line. Evil but true. By the time you got your food and checked out, the ear worm would be gone, all the while 5 others behind you in line were shooting you eye daggers and singing along under their breathes.
By this same principal, my college roommate and I once got a large part of the audience at the Troubador, between bands, singing the Worst Ear Worm of All Time. This was a great accomplishment for the late 1980s.
Thankfully, has come up with a great antidote for ear worms. lets you post the song you are thinking of and then write a small note to go along with it, think Twitter plus a song database. Thus, when you think of a song, rather than letting your mind chew on it for hours and tormenting you, you can log into, and post the song and share it not just with your friends but with various other lovely folk on
Today, when I heard a 70s ear worm gem on the radio and was too appalled to change the channel, as the song started to burrow into my brain, I went home, turned on the computer, when to and blipped it – 1975’s Hot Chocolate’s “I believe in Miracles”. And I wrote:

This song, while an oldie, is a TERRIBLE HORRIBLE Ear Worm. I heard it on the radio today, now I must infect you…

And then set me free. So, I decided to test my karma and post the Worst Ear Worm of All Time to, yes – the ear worm that infected the cafeteria line at Pitzer College, the ear worm that infected a metal show at the Troubadour… Yes… The Green Acres Theme Song… I dare you to listen to it:

But this, if you are an American who watched too many re-runs as a kid, is the ALL TIME MOST infectious Ear Worm…

What is your favorite all time ear worm?


In case you were wondering what yesterday’s photo was all about, Erika was kind enough to come over to my ‘sickbed’ (really, I was on the floor next to the wall heater) and dispense some wonder Chinese medicine that she picked up at a pharmacy in China last year after she walked up 6,000 steps.
For reasons only known to my sciatica nerve and the deep muscles that connect my right hip to femur, the muscles decided to completely seize up and pinch the nerve into intense pelvic & back pain while I was sitting on the floor working on the computer yesterday morning.
For the first few hours, I could not stand up due to numbness in my legs and so I had to either just lie down or crawl over to my bed to use the post to pull myself up. I called a few folks for advice on what to do, Erika suggested that I call around to see if anyone had some of the muscle relaxant Flexeril and my mom suggested that I go to the urgent care. I couldn’t get out of the house, let alone drive over to the local urgent care, so I waited on the floor until I could hear some of neighbors moving around. Lucky for me, neighbor Earl and across the way neighbor Tony had just got home. Earl had some Flexeril and Tony gave solid medical advice on what to do with it (Tony is a Respiratory Therapist at a local hospital).
Before you, the reader, get all cranky on me and say, “You shouldn’t take prescription pills from people, but only have it prescribed by a doctor.” While this may be true, I hate my HMO. Hate them. It would take a lot worse than lying on the floor in pain to get me to call their damned advice nurse again to get the go ahead to go to the emergency/urgent care on a holiday.
But I didn’t have to, as I crowdsourced great care and advice from neighbors, Erika, and Twitter friends (thanks v, for the advice on stretches!). The best part of all of this is when Erika showed up with the Wing Long Red Flower Oil that she picked up on her trip to China last year.
Between the Wing Long Red Flower Oil, Flexeril, Advil, Erika’s Mom’s 1970s heating pad, and two days of bed / floor rest, I am feeling better. I could actually put on pants today and sit in a chair. Rather than intense sharp pain, today’s pain is dull. I hope tomorrow that the pain will have further dulled.
If I want to be optimistic about this, I could say that I have had a forced 2 day, do nothing holiday. Thanks everyone for helping out.

A Year and a Month of Blogging

Late last December, a year ago, I decided to participate in Blog365 and I am here to tell you 367 days (365 days + leap day + today) from the start of the daily blogging for a year that I did it. I blogged every single darned day for the last 367 days, including leap day of which we were allowed to take off but I didn’t.
Due to the fact that I allowed myself the leeway of blogging from my computer and / or moblogging from my phone, I was able to complete the challenge and not feel that it was a struggle. Being able to moblog directly from my Nokia phones (N95 & 2 N82s) to this Movable Type powered blog via Nokia’s Lifeblog made all the difference in being able to complete the daily blogging schedule on top of daily life, work, friends/family, travel, and the vicissitudes of life.
Then to make life interesting a more than a bit challenging, I decided to participate in NaBloPoMo in July over at the Happy Tastebud and in November here at Black Phoebe.
In the Blog365 challenge, I decided that which/what content I (mo)blogged didn’t matter, it could be text or photo, as long as I had one blog post per day. In the November NaBloPoMo challenge, I decided that I had to blog text every day on top of any photo posts. That was hard, but really good.
After November was over, I had more text / opinion posts that I wanted to write but December got too busy and I didn’t have a challenge to goad me on to actually write rather than just mo-pho-blog. I am going to continue daily posting here in 2009 be it text or photos, but I resolve to blog more text, at least 3 times a week.